There's one aspect of blogging I'm starting to fall in love with - finding out new things about Connecticut. I didn't know Connecticut has (or ever had) a subscription library. I've used and loved the collections at Boston's Athenaeum, and it turns out New Haven has an equivalent.
According to the library's website, The Institute Library was founded in 1826 as a mutual education society for New Haven's apprentices. Formally chartered in 1841, it was a popular literary site in New Haven through the late 19th century. The popularity of the Institute Library declined following the foundation of a free library in the late 1800s, but the Library itself has held on.
If you don't live in New Haven, why should you care? Because, as is featured on the Institute Library's blog, the library has an extensive local history. Check out the blog for more details.